Twenty years after the last EvoNet summer school we retake the initiative!
The SPECIES Summer school is looking for students interested in gaining evolutionary computation and general research work skills, networking with the school mentors and with other students and enjoying a nice stay by the Mediterranean!
We specially encourage women and minorities to apply for this summer school, where everyone is welcome.
August 26th (Friday) to 31st (Wednesday) 2022
The SPECIES Summer School will be held in the town of Moraira, a cute beach resort in the South-eastern coast of Spain.
Up to 24 students will be lodged in the La Marina Youth Hostel, where the sessions will also take place.
Pablo García-Sánchez – University of Granada, Spain
Nuno Lourenço – Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
Juan Luis J Laredo – Université Le Havre Normandie, France
Sara Silva – Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Tea Tušar – Josef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
Leonardo Vanneschi – Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
Complexity and evolution: a tour from abiogenesis to higher order structures, by Juan Luis J Laredo
Videogames: a great testing ground for evolutionary computing, by Pablo García-Sánchez
How Data Visualization Works, by Tea Tusar
Feature selection and construction using evolutionary algorithms, by Sara Silva
Geometric Semantic Genetic Programming (GSGP), by Leonardo Vanneschi
Real World Applications of Evolutionary Computation: The special Case of Grammar-Based GP, by Nuno Lourenço
|26 Aug.||27 Aug.||28 Aug.||29 Aug.||30 Aug.||31 Aug.|
|09h00||10h00||Arrival & Reception||Tutorial (L. Vanneschi)||All hands meeting – Q&As||All hands meeting – Q&As||Team work on the challenge||Presentation of the Challenges’ Results|
|10h00||11h00||Tutorial (P. García-Sánchez)||Tutorial (T. Tušar)||Tutorial (A. Esparcia)|
|11h30||12h30||Challenges’ Pitch||Team work on the challenge||Tutorial (J. Laredo)||Team work on the challenge||Closing Ceremony|
|12h30||13h30||Team work on the challenge||picnic @ El Portet|
|15h30||17h30||Introduction to the summer school, presentation of the program||Splitting into Groups||Team work on the challenge||Sailing and Kayaking||Team work on the challenge|
|17h30||18h30||Tutorial (N. Lourenço)||Outdoor Activity||Beach Volley|
|18h30||19h30||Tutorial (S. Silva)||Group Activity|
|19h30||21h00||Welcome Reception||Dinner||Pizza on the Beach||Dinner||Farewell Dinner|
Who can apply
Students and recent graduates interested in bio-inspired computation
Fees: 295 €
Included in the fees: 5 nights accommodation (including hostel card), all meals from the Friday lunch to the Wednesday lunch, excursions.
The fees do not include: travel to and from the venue, visa costs (if any), insurance, optional activities.
You may book (and pay) additional nights accommodation via the hostel web page.
How to get there
Nearest airports are Alicante and Valencia. From either airport, go to the respective Estación de Autobuses, where you can take a bus (around 13.50 € one way from Valencia, 9.50€ from Alicante) to Teulada. From the same bus stop (or the one across the road) you can then take another bus to Moraira.
The times for the buses Teluada-Moraira are: 9:10, 11:15, 13:00, 17:45, 18:52 19:45 and they take 10 minutes. Then you need to walk 9 minutes to the hostel
What to bring
- Compulsory: Your own laptop to work on the projects.
- Optional: An idea for a challenge, and good reasons to convince 2-3 colleagues to work with you on it
- Recommended: swimming costume, beach towel, sun cream, hat, diving mask
Optional: Sea Team-building activity
Enjoy an outdoor lunch followed by a 4 hour sailing trip with your team in the Bay of Altea. You can choose a sailing yatch or a motor boat (subject to availability). Prices will range from 45 to 65 euros per person, depending on demand.
The Summer School Code
Students are expected to:
- Attend the 5 days of the summer school
- Cooperatively work on an assignment and follow the standards of proper social and research behavior.
- Deliver, by the end of the school, a paper and presentation on what they have been working on during it.
How to apply
Places will be allocated on a first come-first served basis. Please, fill the form below to apply.